Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources

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Emerging America
PDPs: 
22.5
Graduate Credits: 
1
Offered by: 
Professional DevelopmentEnglish Language Learners
Professional DevelopmentHistory and Social Studies
Special Education

Description

Social Studies and Humanities pose distinct challenges for struggling learners, including extensive discipline-specific vocabulary, difficult informational texts–including complex primary sources, and a need for background knowledge. Yet the authentic sources, important ideas and connections to issues of these subjects also offer vital tools for differentiation and potent means to motivate students.

Grounded in a decade of practice by history educators, historians, and experts in Special Education, and based on current research and innovative classroom practices, this exciting graduate-level course supports content instruction for Students with Disabilities in History-Social Studies and Humanities (including literature, art, music, and language); and for Special Education teachers.

Featuring models of best practices and employing primary sources and analysis tools, participants will:

  • Gain and apply practical classroom strategies
  • Integrate History of Disability through issues of citizenship, private and government responsibility to provide services, and struggles for empowerment
  • Create/adapt lessons: Universal Design for Learning and brain-based language learning

Audience

Teachers in Social Studies or Humanities, including literature, art, music, and language; Grades 4 - 12 

Invite a partner! We encourage - but do not require - participation of teams, such as a Special Education teacher and a History/American Literature teacher, members of a department, or interdisciplinary teams.

Credits

22.5 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of these two days of training, in addition to outside reading and assignments (as per DESE regulations). Note that these PDPs will satisfy the ELL or Special Education-related requirement for recertification.

Participants may choose instead to take this course for 1 graduate credit in partnership with Westfield State University. To earn PDPs or Graduate Credit, participants must complete all assignments by the last class, details of which will be provided in the class syllabus. Graduate Credit from Westfield State University costs $125. Registration for Graduate Credit takes place in the first class, with payment accepted by credit card or check.

Dates and Locations

July 29 and 30, 2019, 8:30am - 3:30pm, South Hadley Public Library 

Cost and Registration

The cost of the workshop is $65 for member districts, and $72.50 for non-member districts. Lunch will be provided.

Registration Deadline: July 22

Instructor(s)

  • Laurie Risler

    Laurie Risler is a former elementary school teacher. She now teaches education courses at Westfield State University. She has co-led professional development programs in history for the Collaborative for Educational Services since 2011, including as a coach for the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program at CES. She served as Teacher in Residence at Westfield State University 2012-2013.

  • thumbnail image of Alison Noyes

    Alison Noyes is the Assistant Director of the Emerging America program at the Collaborative for Educational Services. She has worked in the field of education for over 20 years, entering as a teacher of English Language learners and high school history, and working for many years with international students and college study abroad as a program director and assistant dean before returning to focus on engaging K-12 students.

For more information, contact:
Position: 
Events Coordinator
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5981
Email: 
esullivan@collaborative.org

Registration

A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 5 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you.  Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.